Jan 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
mainly by tax, spending and healthcare policy uncertainty." the consequence: lower economic growth and millions of potential jobs lost. now if our government can just get its act together, provide some clarity and then get out of the way of the private sector then maybe our economy can get roaring again, just like it used to. i'm simon constable. >> tom: finally tonight, a twitter inspired term garnering new fame: the american dialect society named "hashtag" its word of the year for 2012. for those who don't tweet, hashtag is the practice used on twitter for marking topics with a hash symbol (#) followed by a word or phrase. the runner ups for word of the year included: fiscal cliff, gangnam style, and marriage equality. past winners include, occupy, tweet, and bailout. that's "nightly business report" for monday, january 7. have a great evening everyone, we'll see you online at: www.nbr.com and back here tomorrow night. captioning sponsored by wpbt captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> join us anytime at nbr.com. there, you'll find full episodes of the program, co
Jan 11, 2013 7:00pm PST
flu outbreaks cost u.s. employers $10.4 billion in healthcare costs, according to the centers for disease control. but this year is expected to be far worse. that figure does not include the cost of lost worker productivity. >> reporter: to make matters worse, many employees are reluctant to call in sick, for fear of losing their jobs. so they continue going to work, delaying their recovery and infecting others. some businesses have so many sick workers. they're severely understaffed and are scrambling for back-up plans. >> it's a perfect storm. companies are already quite lean in terms of their abilities to duplicate work if somebody is out. and this year's flu season isç three times what the normal levels are for flu. >> reporter: doctors also have some recommendations forç companies trying minimize the impact of the flu on theirç workforce. >> if your employee is sick, they should stay home. you should recommend that your employees get the influenza vaccine, if they haven't done so already. >> reporter: and that's advice i personally took to heart today. erika miller, "n.
Jan 9, 2013 7:00pm PST
board. 1.7 billion moved on the nasdaq. the healthcare sector led the gains, up 1.1%. the industrial sector finished higher by 0.9%. yesterday's big loser among industrial stocks was today's winner: boeing. the company was out defending its marquee plane, the dreamliner 787, after three issues in as many days this week. shares rebounded 3.6%. volume doubled. today the chief engineer for the program expressed confidence the 787 is safe. the other big winner in the sector was industrial equipment maker danaher. shares are at an all-time high after the firm raised its financial forecast for the fourth quarter. among the health care stocks rallying was medical device maker stryker. it makes replacement knees and hips. preliminary quarterly results were encouraging after a recent slowdown blamed on weakness in europe. shares moved up to a new 52 week high. u.s. sales had been under pressure as well from insurance companies becoming more conservative in paying for elective replacement surgeries. the fight for clear-wire is on. clear-wire is a wireless broadband technology company. sprint o